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Thursday, December 2, 2021
Since we opened our first bilingual After School Care groups at The Estate in April 2021, we have heard so many great things about children’s experiences of bilingual after school care from staff and parents. So we decided to have a catch up with the teachers in the groups to find out more! Our teachers are all dedicated and caring childcare professionals. While interacting with the children, one teacher consistently speaks English whilst the other consistently speaks Dutch – similar to what... Read More
Monday, November 29, 2021
Winter bids need lots of energy to stay warm, and on winter days food can be difficult to find. Putting a bird feeder in the garden is not only beneficial for our fluttering friends but making one at home is also a fun activity for an autumnal afternoon.  You will need:  pine cone coconut oil/suet birdseed mix jute/garden string  Instructions: Leave the coconut oil or suet to warm to room temperature.  Wrap a length of string around the end of the pine cone so it can hang from a... Read More
Child running at winter holiday camps
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
In line with the season, we will be running Winter Themed Multi-Activity Day Camps during the upcoming winter holidays of all key international and Dutch schools in The Hague. There will be a full and varied programme of exciting activity workshops for your child to choose from throughout the week, so they’ll be able to try something new and different every day! But what does a day at camp look like? Read on to find out!    At camp, we enjoy a range of organised sports and/or activities each... Read More
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
So far this quarter, our Pre-Schoolers have enjoyed learning about the animals around us - how they move, what they look like and where they live! Last week, we made a splash and focussed on animals that swim.   Splish splash splosh! Last week we learned all about animals that swim. We are lucky to have a fish tank at our location so children were able to start the week by looking at the aquarium where many colourful fish live. We identified the colours and also counted the fish, but it was... Read More
Monday, November 8, 2021
Enjoy baking these healthy cookies as a family activity - to be enjoyed on an autumnal afternoon!    Ingredients:   1/4 cup coconut oil   2 medium bananas   1 large egg   1/2 vanilla pod   1/4 teaspoon cinnamon   1 3/4 cup oats, dry Method: Preheat oven to 180C.  Lightly grease baking sheets and set aside. Scrape the seeds out of the vanilla pod and set aside. If coconut oil is solid, heat gently until just melted.  Mash bananas; add to coconut oil and mix well. Fork-whisk in the egg and... Read More
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Our Autumn 2021 International Talent Programme recruits have started their in-house training and are looking forward to what they will achieve at Zein.  Each time we run the International Talent Programme, we invite passionate, caring and experienced childcare professionals (both Dutch and international!) to  obtain the necessary qualifications to work in childcare in the Netherlands. Our candidates follow an in-house training scheme and receive on-the-job training under the guidance of... Read More
Themed learning at The Hague Pre-School
Monday, October 18, 2021
Last month we welcomed children back to Pre-School after a summer break. Children followed the 'Back to Pre-School' theme as they settled into their routines one again. During the autumn quarter, we will focus on the basics of colours and shapes, look at the animals around us - how they move, what they look like and where they live! Our Pre-School rooms were filled with the sights and sounds of animals last week! During our weekly gym lesson, we pretended to be animals, and enjoyed crawling,... Read More
Thursday, September 30, 2021
With the autumn break fast approaching, we are looking forward to welcoming campers to our Multi-Activity Holiday Camps once more!  The exciting programme for this year’s Autumn Multi-Activity Holiday Camps includes all kinds of activities, ranging from baking, sports, sciences and arts & crafts. You can view the full camp programme here.  Many of the activities take inspiration from nature and the season of Autumn. Our campers will gather natural materials you can find in the environment... Read More
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
We were thrilled to welcome Pre-Schoolers back to Zein earlier this month after a well-earned summer break.  At Zein's International Pre-School, our caring educators aim to build strong relationships with the children in our care, enabling them to feel safe and happy at Zein. When a child's social and emotional needs are met, they can participate fully in a wide range of learning opportunities. At Pre-School, playtime is one of the most valuable educational opportunities we give our children... Read More
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Earlier this month, we welcomed new and familiar faces to After School Care. Now they are settled, we asked them what they think about their experience at Zein!    What do you like most about Zein?  Playing outside! (Juan, 7 years)  The fun activities! (Chamille, 5 years) Playing with friends and at the football table! (Henry, 5 years) Playing with the kids and talking with the teachers, because they are the best in the world! (Kieron, 5 years) Describe Zein in 3 words. Yummy pasta... Read More